Former heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, has looked to clear up some of the rumours regarding working with a new trainer and specifically, the suggestions that it could be Roy Jones Jr.
AJ has suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time in his career and is heading into the new year without a win since 2020.
After his first defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua parted with long-time trainer Rob McCracken and appointed Mexico’s Robert Garcia for the rematch.
However, following another defeat to Usyk, there were questions as to whether Garcia will be kept on as the Brit’s trainer, or if an alternative would be brought in as AJ attempts to become a three-time world champion.
In an interview with iDBoxing, whilst Joshua did confirm that Angel Fernandez remains part of his coaching set up, he appeared to dampen suggestions that Jones, a former four-weight world champion, would become part of his team.
“It is hard with me, someone chats to me about a boxing fight, the next minute they are training me for my next world title shot or what not, but it is not like that.
I respect Roy, highly, what a man, what a talent, what a fighter, but with that being said, that doesn’t mean that just because of that, he is qualified to train me. That is where it ends really, but I’d love to see his work and we go from there.”
With the claims that Jones isn’t necessarily ‘qualified’ to be Joshua’s trainer, despite such a successful fighting career, it would appear that the Brit is still on the look out for the man who will help reignite his career.